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Staying Active - Back To School Tips To Keep Kids Moving

Patricia O'Keefe Girbal • Registered Dietitian • Sep 03, 2010

Summertime is over and the children are getting ready for school.

Keeping your child active is very important for their health and well being.  Even if children don't play a sport throughout the year, there are many ways to keep them active.  
Studies have shown that children who are routinely active have better concentration levels, higher test scores, 




Staying Active: Gearing Up for Back to School

Regular physical exercise makes it easier for your child to maintain a healthy weight, which allows them to move with greater confidence and skill.  Exercise also plays an important role in helping your child sleep better, which can impact their academic performance. It is recommended for children to be active at least 60 minutes daily.
  • Establish a routine, just like reading a book before bedtime, and set aside special time for staying active.
  • Let your child help with household chores, such as raking leaves, watering plants, or walking the dogback to school healthy exercise fit kids
  • Integrate physical activity into daily life. Encourage active spur-of-the-moment physical activity, such as dancing to music. When outside the home, try walking instead of driving or taking the stairs instead of the escalator or elevator
  • Turn a family activity into a learning experience.
  • Go on a nature hike and discover different trees, birds, and flowers.
  • Visit a local farm and learn about seasonal fruits and vegetables
  • Set up a mini scavenger hunt in the backyard and invite the neighborhood children over
  • Limit screen time to no more than 1-2 hours per day.

One of the best things a parent can do to help improve their child’s health is to be a positive role model. Whether it is staying active or eating a healthy diet, children can be influenced by behavior and, luckily, they can pick up some of your healthy habits.










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Written by Patricia O'Keefe GirbalWritten on Sep 03, 2010Last updated on Aug 31, 2014




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